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Posted by Anonymous on 02/27/2013
Very friendly service, good food
Posted by evil kelly on 06/24/2008
i discovered this place while walking around in Lincoln Park and was suprised as to how great this place is. it is almost as good as any plate lunch place in Hawaii. being a former resident of Honolulu, i was very happy when i tried many different dishes over the course of my visit in Chicago and was very happy after each meal. the rice was cooked perfectly, sticky just how they do it in Hawaii. i was overjoyed to find such a gem in Chicago and this makes me so happy as i am planning on relocating to the area within the next year. it makes me happy that i found a little piece of Honolulu in the most surprising of places. i am returning to Chicago in a few months before i hopefully move there and i know i will be eating there at least once a day.
Posted by T on 11/19/2007
One of the best lunch options in Lincoln Park if you enjoy this type of cuisine you wont find anyplace like it in the city. try the hamburger, a great value and a good burger you might not have expected.
Posted by ZootiZ on 04/27/2007
Gone by this place several times on the 22 & 36. Always wanted to check it out and read the previous reviews on this site. I was not too impressed. The food was o.k. The macoroni salad was excellent. Really, Really good. My dish was 4x as much cabbage as pork. That was not cool. It was really salty too. The pork was good, tender and tasty just not nearly enough of it. The Katsu mini plate is still huge and good. But it is hard to screw up chicken cutlet. The place is not bad but I don't think I would go out of my way to go again. I would probably try the BBQ instead of the Kaula Pork, next time.
Posted by Patrick on 10/04/2006
“ Where you like grind ?” The Aloha Grill is where! Having recently discovered this small, cozy kitchen purely by accident, I was shocked and amazed to be eating Kapahulu-style in the middle of Chicago. The food tasted just like home, the volume of food was just like home, and the price...in many cases, better than home! My first experience was the chicken katsu curry. A must try! I was so impressed, I took a picture and sent it back to Honolulu thinking nobody would believe it. I would like to see a few more " Hawaiian " selections – perhaps a lau lau plate on Fridays for example, but I can certainly appreciate their efforts. This unassuming local eatery takes me back to the days of post-surf plate lunch sessions but without the sunburn and sandy hair. If you are a local boy or girl, local at heart and lonely for a taste of home, or looking for something new, check out this little nook between Fullerton and Diversey and discover the casual taste of Hawai’i. Just be sure to keep you eyes open or you might miss it. Simply follow the parade of white take-out boxes and the smell of island-style BBQ chicken or Kal Bi. Once there, close your eyes, open your mouth and taste a trip to Hawai’i – at the Aloha Grill.
Posted by patrick on 04/30/2006
Having grown up on hawaiian food, local and cultural, i agree with the previous review. the kalua pig as we call it at home is quite tasty and the option for macaroni salad which is without mustard or vinegar like most others but it is authentic like near all of the menu. though i think the marinade/teri sauce could be adjusted slightly to be even better. regarding the bench seating, i think it came with the space and to start up a small business in chicago and be successful and have longevity, sometimes being prudent and small is best- besides i wouldnt want to see a tourist type of decor. it would certainly lack a lot of what someone would see if they were able to actually go where local people in hawaii do. there are few touches here and there reflected in the photos that align the south wall. the food is tasty and the people are friendly. id like to think that i found a small part of home right here in chicago and it adds to the wonderful parts of chicago.
Posted by Turtlepong on 03/24/2006
The food quality is very good. The atmosphere is very casual. Hawaiian box lunch style selection is extensive. Generous portions at a reasonable price. Dishes are made to order and come hot and fresh. Seeing 'Spam Musubi'(rice ball with a piece of fried Spam on top wrapped with a piece of dried seaweed, a Hawaiian deli sandwich) on a menu so far from Hawaii is a nice touch. Chicken Katsu is better than I've had in Hawaii. Not many 'Luau' type foods available (kalua pork available, I didn't try.) More Hawaiian decor would be nice, as is, it's sparse. Bench seating is uncomfortable (maybe by design) chairs are comfortable. Seating is limited (around 20) carry out may be preferred. For Hawaiian comfort food in Chicago it may be your only choice. Excellent value for the money, you should leave with a 'happy tummy'.